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Jenna Sue
December 30, 2016
1:50 pm
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iliketurtles
Feline Porklord
Meows: 1374
Snarking Since:
February 3, 2014

WHAT THE f**k to painting over all of that wallpaper.  Stripping wallpaper sucks ass, but painting over it just seems so lazy.

January 11, 2017
10:36 am
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creativeusername
Senior Hamcat
Meows: 501
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August 1, 2012

From the latest post, where she is a week behind schedule. Crew is there working, her parents took time off work to help, and……

I was running around trying to film & instagram & snapchat it all while answering contractor questions and helping my parents paint upstairs.

 

confuseddeadangry

Last time I did work on my house, these things were not on my list at all, not to mention not at the top of it.

January 11, 2017
11:31 am
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JeanLouiseFinch
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Meows: 193
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October 16, 2012

creativeusername meowed
From the latest post, where she is a week behind schedule. Crew is there working, her parents took time off work to help, and……

I was running around trying to film & instagram & snapchat it all while answering contractor questions and helping my parents paint upstairs.

 

confuseddeadangry

Last time I did work on my house, these things were not on my list at all, not to mention not at the top of it.

I read her posts but admit to skimming at times, so I apparently missed where this house's deadline was tied into her launching a business?  I guess I thought she took up flipping as way to pay the bills and not necessarily that she was banking on this particular house to set herself up as the next Nicole Curtis or something.  But I too raised an eyebrow a bit at the parents being part of her crew–while I'm sure it's very nice that they dropped everything to help her for three days, surely this can't be the real plan for getting things done going forward?

January 11, 2017
11:33 am
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creativeusername
Senior Hamcat
Meows: 501
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August 1, 2012

JeanLouiseFinch meowed

creativeusername meowed
From the latest post, where she is a week behind schedule. Crew is there working, her parents took time off work to help, and……

I was running around trying to film & instagram & snapchat it all while answering contractor questions and helping my parents paint upstairs.

 

confuseddeadangry

Last time I did work on my house, these things were not on my list at all, not to mention not at the top of it.

I read her posts but admit to skimming at times, so I apparently missed where this house's deadline was tied into her launching a business?  I guess I thought she took up flipping as way to pay the bills and not necessarily that she was banking on this particular house to set herself up as the next Nicole Curtis or something.  But I too raised an eyebrow a bit at the parents being part of her crew–while I'm sure it's very nice that they dropped everything to help her for three days, surely this can't be the real plan for getting things done going forward?

apparently she's got a magazine photo shoot scheduled in 4 weeks and that's probably part of the launch

January 11, 2017
8:15 pm
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Donald Trump of Bloggers
Expert Hamcat
Meows: 392
Snarking Since:
May 15, 2014

How stupid to be prioritizing snapchat and Instagram when you're so far behind on a project! As a business owner I get it because you need to keep up your engagement online leading up to a launch but it's stupid to try to do this in real time when you're dealing with contractors. Especially if, as a 30 yo woman, you're whining to your parents so they are taking time off work to paint rooms for you. Grow up Jenna and stay at the project for more than 2 days! What an idiot. 

Also, how stupid do you have to be to complain about the house you bought IN THE MOUNTAINS won't be able to get a new roof IN THE WINTER?!? She bought the place at the end of October, exterior projects should have been done immediately because our November was pretty mild. 

January 12, 2017
2:12 pm
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Confused.com
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Meows: 12
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September 12, 2016

I'm not sure why she can't just stay at her mum and dads for a week to catch up. I get that she wants to see her boyfriend but it's a week! And she kept her business going while being in Asia for months so I'm sure a week in the mountains would be fine. I also really wish she would do the jobs that need doing first – so much time seems to be wasted hacking up an old desk to make a vanity. She could have built a new one quicker (and time is money so financially I'm not sure she saved anything).

January 13, 2017
8:53 am
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omg seriously
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Meows: 28
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October 30, 2013

I like Jenna sue and admire her abilities in terms of diy, design and styling. But I'm giving her the side eye on this cottage project/flip. It know it's a new venture for her and she's learning but things just don't make sense to me. First why is she so far away from her project? To have to travel every week and stay for two days on a massive house overhaul seems a bit crazy. Really could she have not bought something closer to her location? I think she bought this and hoped her parents would pick up the slack during the week. And why couldnt she just stay up there for critical times? In the process. Seems like such time is wasted going back and forth this thing could have been done. What is she doing during the week that could not be taken care of while at the job site? Editing videos? Anyone?

And I can't wrap my head around the exterior painting during the winter?…. that seemed like a huge oops. forgot about that. Instead she was adding trim to closet doors which did not add anything to the cottage in my opinion.

The roof also needed tending too. Oops again. These two things alone should have been at the top of the list. Instead they are going to leave it.

The paint job looks very sloppy to me. Along with the trims. And that's bathroom vanity is questionable.
I think the styling will be hiding a whole bunch of issues.
Of course I could be wrong. But that's what this place is looking like to me.

January 13, 2017
1:03 pm
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Donald Trump of Bloggers
Expert Hamcat
Meows: 392
Snarking Since:
May 15, 2014

omg seriously meowed
I like Jenna sue and admire her abilities in terms of diy, design and styling. But I'm giving her the side eye on this cottage project/flip. It know it's a new venture for her and she's learning but things just don't make sense to me. First why is she so far away from her project? To have to travel every week and stay for two days on a massive house overhaul seems a bit crazy. Really could she have not bought something closer to her location? I think she bought this and hoped her parents would pick up the slack during the week. And why couldnt she just stay up there for critical times? In the process. Seems like such time is wasted going back and forth this thing could have been done. What is she doing during the week that could not be taken care of while at the job site? Editing videos? Anyone?

I can answer this a little… the flip is closer to her last house where she and hubby broke up – it's up in the mountains (google Sonora, CA to get an idea) and is close to where my grandparents used to live. Boyfriend is in San Francisco where it's just plain f**king expensive to buy anything, especially a flip. 

Still, agree 100% that if this is your "full-time job" and you have a "private investor" then you f**king live at the property to get shit done. I'm sure the internet isn't amazing in the mountains but it's not a 3rd world country – just get the essentials done and go back to SF once or twice a month. 

I'm sure she's thinking with her hormones though. I would be astonished if she was actually making use of the connections to be had in SF and networking to establish herself as a designer or anything of the sort. The problem I see with Jenna is that she's such a special snowflake in her own mind that everything should come easy for her. I didn't see that she ever took the designing artwork all that seriously even though she had the tools and life was just la-de-da until her husband left. Still, she hasn't grown up.

January 14, 2017
11:47 am
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Thats Numberwang
Expert Hamcat
Meows: 225
Snarking Since:
August 5, 2014

I agree with all of you.

Also, she picked a HUUUUUGE project for her first flip. I think she would have been a lot better to choose either a smaller house or a house that needed less work. This house needed EVERYTHING, and she was swayed by all the wood paneling that she could paint and give that instant Jenna Sue look.

She is so worried about this house having her exact esthetic that it is f**king her up. Instead of buying an attractive range hood and having it installed in an hour, she spends multiple days building a Jenna Sue-style hood. Which would be fine, if this were a house she were going to live in. Same with the closet doors. If this were her house, I would totally get spending an entire day on a project like that. But when it's a flip house? Nope, don't get it. Slap some black paint on and be done in a couple hours.

I am just baffled by her decisions. And the number one thing I don't get is not staying at her parents so she can get work done during the week. That is insane.

ETA: OMG the stencil wall looks SO MUCH WORSE when you see the whole room. That looks awful.

January 14, 2017
1:08 pm
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SprinklesHaveNoSugar
Hamcat
Meows: 73
Snarking Since:
December 21, 2012

I think it's obvious that this is her house flip for profit. She's used to living in the house and making it her style but she's losing sight of the "for profit" here (like the range hood and doors taking so much time). I'm also not a fan of the fireplace makeover. 

She's just going to have to learn a few lessons the hard way, it seems. But I give her credit because it seems like she cares. And so much of the structural stuff seemed beyond her scope, so that's more experience for the next time. Her  previous houses were in much better starting condition.

I think she couldn't paint the exterior or do the roof at first because they had to replace the entire front of the house. 

I do agree that she should be spending more time there.. I wonder if her print shop business is still being outsourced, or if she's filling orders from San Fran during the week? Either way… more time there to stay on top of contractors couldn't hurt. 

wkyadayada

January 15, 2017
2:03 pm
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ouch
Hamcat
Meows: 117
Snarking Since:
August 15, 2013

I have loved her past projects, but the behavior with this current one is not professional for someone who seems to want to come across as professional. If this is her job right now, stay on site longer to get the job done, and stop running home to San Fran and the boyfriend. Do your job. That's one solution. My husband I travel for many, many weeks sometimes for our jobs and don't see each other. Our relationship survives.

Painting over wallpaper is not cool. End of story.

She seems money savvy. So why buy furniture to flip a house? WTF? Leave the house empty and let it show itself. People know it's been unoccupied. I think barely-there staging of an unoccupied house is wasteful and annoying. If some spaces here are small, as she's mentioned, leaving them empty will make them look bigger. I know that doesn't help potential buyers who have a lack of imagination, but I guess you have to balance things.

WHY paint dressers in this time-intense situation? I don't understand. People are buying a house, not dressers. The Prioritization Problem here is astounding. 

If she does have a photo shoot in a few weeks, as someone says here, bad idea. She should have negotiated that timeline further out. It seems like she's decorating just for a photo shoot? What's the ROI on that?

She's had a good run and lots of success. I wish her the best but all of us get smack-downs eventually in life, and we learn from them.

I also think for the Jenna Sue look, she needs to paint all that wood white or a warm beige or gray. She should have put time into that instead of the little trim and vanity build projects that fascinate her. Those projects are great when you live in a house and have more time. They're not so great for flips. For flips you gotta look at the big picture of where to put both your time and your money. She has enough previous DIY projects on her blog, that she should be able to keep those going viral to sustain her, instead of repeating the same kinds of projects. Those projects are still very relevant. She could probably make more money by promoting previous posts to maintain passive income and grow passive income, and not get into all those details on flips. Because time is money, and that's the best way I would see for her to juggle it all. I think the best value she might have for flips is sharing her decision-making. Then link to previous DIY posts where she did something similar, instead of doing it again.

January 15, 2017
5:05 pm
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Confused.com
Cat
Meows: 12
Snarking Since:
September 12, 2016

I think the furniture was perhaps stuff she had from her last home and from the wayfare deal she had (remember the Moroccan room she did?). I vaguely remember her putting a lot of stuff in storage. If she is renting a furnished apartment with her bf and she got to keep the house furniture then maybe she's not bought stuff?

I also imagine she has to dress it for the photo shoot? Maybe she will just use the furniture again and again on flips but sell it without furniture?

Not to white knight as I think she's lost the plot in terms of project prioritisation!

February 1, 2017
7:48 am
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GOMI Math
Hamcat
Meows: 90
Snarking Since:
June 22, 2015

So she bought a screen door, painted it, replaced the screen with lace, and then is turning it into a sliding barn door as a laundry room door. 

Seems like a lot of effort for something completely impractical. We close our laundry room door to block the sound of the dryer and/or hide dirty laundry. I don't see how a screen door would accomplish that.



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